Readings


In Science and Religion, required

Barbour, Ian. When Science Meets Religion:  Enemies, Partners, or Strangers? San Franciso, CA:  HarperSanFrancisco, 2000.

Hefner, Philip. “The Human Factor:  Created Co-Creator as Symbol.”  Unpublished speech.  October 30, 1999, Ireland.

Peacocke, Arthur. “The Sound of Sheer Silence:  How Does God Communicate with Humanity?” In Neuroscience and the Person:  Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action, eds. Robert John Russell, Nancey Murphy, Theo C. Meyering, and Michael A. Arbib, 215-247. Vatican City State:  Vatican Observatory Publications and Berkeley, CA:  The Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, 1999.

Russell, Robert John. “A Fresh Exploration of the Cosmic Christ.” Unpublished paper, 1993.

________. “Bodily Resurrection, Eschatology, and Scientific Cosmology:  The Mutual Creative Interaction of Christian Theology and Natural Science.” Unpublished paper, August 2001, Heidelberg.

________. “Contemplation:  A Scientific Context,” Continuum (December, 1990):  135-153.

________. “Cosmology from Alpha to Omega," Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science (December, 1994):  557-577.

________. Theology and Science:  Current Issues and Future Directions. The Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, 2000. (CTNS website www.ctns.org).

________. "Does 'The God Who Acts' Really Act?  New Approaches to Divine Action in Light of Science." In Theology Today 54 (1, April 1997): 43-65.

Santmire, Paul. The Travail of Nature:  The Ambiguous Ecological Promise of Christian Theology. Philadelphia, PA:  Fortress Press, 1985.

In Science and Religion, optional:

Barbour, Ian G. “Creation and Cosmology.” In Cosmos as Creation : Theology and Science in Consonance, ed. Ted Peters, 115-151. Nashville : Abingdon Press, 1989.

Hefner, Philip. “Nature as God’s Great Project” and “A Theology of the Created Co-Creator.” In The Human Factor:  Evolution, Culture, and Religion. Minneapolis, MN:  Fortress Press, 1993.

Peters, Ted. “Cosmos as Creation.” In Cosmos as Creation : Theology and Science in Consonance. Ted Peters, ed., Nashville : Abingdon Press,1989.

Russell, Robert John. “Cosmology, Creation, and Contingency.” In Cosmos as Creation : Theology and Science in Consonance, ed. Ted Peters, 172-209. Nashville : Abingdon Press, 1989.

Santmire, Paul H. “The Future of the Cosmos and the Renewal of the Church's Life with Nature.” In Cosmos as Creation : Theology and Science in Consonance. Ted Peters, ed., Nashville : Abingdon Press,1989.

Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action series by CTNS and the Vatican Observatory. Especially:

Ellis, George F.R. “Ordinary and Extraordinary Divine Action;  The Nexus of Interaction.” In Chaos and Complexity, 359-395.

Murphy, Nancey.  “Divine Action in the Natural Order:  Buridan’s Ass and Schrödinger’s Cat.” In Chaos and Complexity, 325-357.

Barbour, Ian. “Five Models of God and Evolution.“ In Evolutionary and Molecular Biology, 419-442.

Birch, Charles. “Neo-Darwinism, Self-organization, and Divine Action.” In Evolutionary and Molecular Biology, 225-248.

Clifford, Anne M. “Darwin’s Revolution in The Origin of Species:  A Hermeneutical Study of the Movement from Natural Theology to Natural Selection.” In Evolutionary and Molecular Biology, 281-302.

Edwards, Denis. “Original Sin and Saving Grace in Evolutionary Context.” In Evolutionary and Molecular Biology, 377-392.

Murphy, Nancey. “Supervenience and the Nonreductability of Ethics to Biology.” In Evolutionary and Molecular Biology, 463-490.

Peacocke, Arthur. “Biological Evolution – A Positive Theological Appraisal.” In Evolutionary and Molecular Biology, 357-376.

Russell, Robert John. “Special Providence and Genetic Mutation:  A New Defense of Theistic Evolution.” In Evolutionary and Molecular Biology, 191-223.

Tracy, Thomas F. “Evolution, Divine Action,a dn the Problem of Evil.” In Evolutionary and Molecular Biology, 511-530.

Kerr, Fergus. “The Modern Philosophy of Self in Recent Theology.” In Neuroscience and the Person, 23-40.

Murphy, Nancey. “Supervenience and the Downward Efficacy of the Mental:  A Nonreductive Physicalist Account of Human Action.” In Neuroscience and the Person, 147-164.

Thomas, Owen. God’s Activity in the World. Chico, CA:  Scholars Press, 1983.

In Biblical Studies and Nature, required:

Newsom, Carol A. "The Moral Sense of Nature:  Ethics in the Light of God's Speech to Job." In Princeton Seminary Bulletin N.S. 15 (1, 1994):  9-27.

Tucker, Gene M. "Rain on a Land Where No One Lives:  The Hebrew Bible on the Environment." In Journal of Biblical Literature 116 (1, 1997):  3-17.

In Biblical Studies and Nature, optional:

Newsom, Carol A. "Job." In New International Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, 319-339, 595-632. Nashville, TN:  Abingdon Press, 1990.

Simpkins, Ronald A. Creator and Creation:  Nature in the Worldview of Ancient Israel. Peabody, MA:  Hendrickson Publishers, 1994.

In Christian Spiritual Discernment:

Delbecq, AndreL., Elizabeth Liebert, John Mostyn, Paul Nutt, and Gordan Walter. “Discernment and Strategic Decision Making.” Unpublished paper, 2002.

Dyckman, Katherine, Mary Garvin, and Elizabeth Liebert. “Grounding in Truth:  Principle and Foundation.” In  The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed:  Uncovering LIberating Possibilities for Women, 85-111.  New York, NY:  Paulist Press, 2001.

Eliade, Mircea, et al., eds. “Religious Experience.” In The Encyclopedia of Religion, 16 vols. New York, NY:  Macmillan, 1987.

Endres, John C. and Elizabeth Liebert. “Singing to God in Worship:  Psalms of Praise.”  In A Retreat with the Psalms:  Resources of Personal and Communal Prayer. New York, NY:  Paulist Press, 2001.

Lane, Beldan C.  “Spirituality as the Performance of Desire:  Calvin on the World as a Theatre of God’s Glory.”  In Spiritus 1.1(2001):  1-30.

Malatesta, Edward. Discernment of Spirits, trans. Innocentia Richards, in Dictionnaire de Spiritualité Ascetique et Mystique, vol. III , cols. 1222-1291 by Jacques Guillet, Gustav Bardy, François Vandenbroucke, Joseph Pegon, and Henri Martin.

Schmitt, Miriam, O.S.B. “Hildegard of Bingen: Veritas, Web of Greening Life-Energy: I.” The American Benedictine Review 50 (3, September, 1999):  253-276.

________. “Hildegard of Bingen: Veritas, Web of Greening Life-Energy: II.” The American Benedictine Review 50 (4, December, 1999):  357-380.

In the Popular Literature, required:

Begley, Sharon.  “Searching for the God Within.” In Newsweek January 29, 2001:  59.

________. “Religion and the Brain.”  In Newsweek may 7, 2001: 50-57.

In the Popular Literature, optional:

Newberg, Andrew B., Eugene D’Aquili, and Vince Rause. Why God Won’t Go Away:  Brainscience and the Biology of Belief.  New York, NY:  Ballantine Books, 2001.